At the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) each artist and curator is provided with a private and furnished studio space and 24-hour access to all communal facilities. While ISCP does not provide accommodation, most sponsorships include stipends for living expenses, travel, materials and housing. Residents at ISCP are encouraged to take advantage of the in-house community of artists and curators, offering invaluable international connections, professional conversations and critique.
A residency at ISCP is typically three to six months, although artists and curators can apply for up to one year. While in the program, all residents are invited to participate in a number of activities in and outside of ISCP including the four core program activities: Visiting Critics, Field Trips, Salons and Open Studios.
The Visiting Critic series is the hallmark of ISCP's residency program. It introduces residents to professionals from museums, galleries, alternative spaces and publications within the context of a studio visit, generating critical feedback from diverse positions.
ISCP organizes visits to museums, galleries, alternative spaces, archives and other places of interest to art professionals. Often, a curator or staff member introduces the institution’s mission and program. Past Field Trips have included the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Conservation Department at MoMA, Dia:Beacon, CCS Bard, Art Omi, art spaces in SoHo and on the Lower East Side, private collections and many other institutions in Greater New York.
Residents at ISCP are invited to present their recent work in semi-monthly public Salons. ISCP Salons feature film screenings, performances, installations and lectures and introduce the work of ISCP artists and curators to the New York art community. Upcoming Salons can be viewed here and past Salons can be viewed in the ISCP archive.
Twice a year, in April and November, ISCP hosts three-day long Open Studios, presenting work by the 35 ISCP artists and curators in residence, accompanied by performances, panel discussions and exhibitions. During Open Studios, residents present recent projects, work in progress, site-specific installations and their archives to over 2,000 professionals and art enthusiasts from New York and beyond. The Open Studios archive can be viewed here.
Studio Assistant Program
In 2010, ISCP opened its doors to BFA and MFA students who wish to gain direct experience working with emerging and established international artists. The program has grown from a small group of volunteers to a mentorship serving over thirty young artists and an equal number of ISCP residents annually. Participants not only work one on one with residents on production and research, they also benefit from being a part of the ISCP artistic community, attending artist talks, field trips and have access to professional development opportunities.